Raspberry Hug Cookies

The other day I ran to Target to grab a few things.  As I stood in line (impatiently…yes, I’m one of those people) I spied something I hadn’t seen before – Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs.  I knew I had to grab a bag and make something delicious out these little seasonal beauties.  In all honestly it wasn’t really “the other day” that I ran to Target. It was more like a month ago.  I should also point out that I put this bag in my candy cabinet and forgot about it until I opened the door to my cabinet and it came tumbling out.  As I looked at it laying on the floor I remembered “oh crap…I was going to use these and make something for Valentine’s Day…I should get on that!”  So I thought over some ideas and decided to go with a delicious cookie that hides the little raspberry hugs inside. They are amazing. When eaten warm they are even better. Warm gooey raspberry flavored white and dark chocolate hidden inside a perfectly cooked soft cookie….what more could you ask for?

On a total random side note I would like to point out that these pictures are the first I have taken in my new light box – thanks Dad! I think the pictures look pretty good, but bear with me while I learn how to properly set up my lights.


Raspberry Hug Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 -12 minutes

Total Time: 35 - 40 minutes


1 bag (9 oz.) Hershey Raspberry Hugs
1 cup (2 sticks) butter - softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Couple drops of red food coloring
2 cups flour
Chocolate Drizzle

Source: Adapted from Swanky Pear


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from hugs.

Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add the red food coloring until you have reached the desired red color. Add flour to butter mixture; blend until smooth. Mold scant tablespoon dough around each Kiss, covering completely. Shape into balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Prepare chocolate drizzle, if desired. Drizzle over each cookie

32 Responses to “Raspberry Hug Cookies”

  1. #
    Katrina — February 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Ooh, I haven’t seen the Raspberry Hugs yet either. GREAT idea. I always look for the latest candies. Problem is, Target isn’t that close to me, so I don’t get there often enough.
    Fun cookies! I SU’d them.

  2. #
    Thru The Bugs On My Windshield — February 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I have no words . . . *drool*

  3. #
    Shelby — February 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love those raspberry hugs – and did have some at my desk at work – but put them in the other assistant’s candy dish because I couldn’t stop eating them. I am sure I would love these cookies!

  4. #
    A Canadian Foodie — February 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    So novel and so sweet. I feel like I just got a big big hug! I have a little Valentine love for you over at my site today, too! You should feel so proud of yourself for inventing such a beautiful cookie.

  5. #
    Sue — February 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    These sound crazy good, especially the way you described them fresh out of the oven!

  6. #
    willie — February 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Your welcome sweety

  7. #
    Joanne — February 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Target is a dangerous place. I always come out of there with many varieties of Hershey’s kisses…most of which I just end up eating.

    These cookies look delicious! I haven’t seen this type of kiss!

  8. #
    Veronica — February 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I really love a raspberry & chocolate combo! And wtg on the lightbox–it works great!

  9. #
    rebecca — February 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    fun treat for valentines and great snap

  10. #
    Dana - Food for Thought — February 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I haven’t seen the raspberry hugs…. they seem perfect for a V day treat like this!

  11. #
    Winnie — February 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Super cute. And I bet super tasty, too!

  12. #
    megan — February 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I want a raspberry hug! 😉
    Happy Valentine’s Day Brandy!

  13. #
    Joyti — February 13, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I haven’t seen the raspberry hug candies…but raspberry hug cookies sound even better. And something about making something with the word ‘hug’ in the title – seems a bit magical.

  14. #
    Barbara — February 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Target carries absolutely the neatest candies! You can’t get them anyplace else most of the time. These little cookies are adorable and I love the red food coloring for V day. Such a cute name for a great invention!

  15. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Not only do I want BIG hugs from my kids on Valentine’s Day, but I would take some of these as well! xo

  16. #
    Debbie — February 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Love raspberry and chocolate. I would love to just pop these into my mouth one after another!!! Delicious!

  17. #
    Katerina — February 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The cookies are so mouthwatering. Congratulations on the new box you’ve got. I wanted to buy one too but unfortunately they do not deliver in Greece.

  18. #
    Medifast Coupons — February 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I bought some of these raspberry hugs too and have been wondering what to do with them other than just eating them as they are. And they really are good, so I just know they are going to be awesome in these cookies.
    Thanks so much for the recipe to try.
    And Happy Valentine’s

  19. #
    Erica — February 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    These are SO cute! Perfect for Valentine’s day!! I love how the hug is hidden inside the cookie. Anddd I always end up buying something random in target 😉

  20. #
    grace — February 14, 2011 at 5:50 am

    ah, target and all its obscure products. i always find something new and random there! great cookies, brandy. 🙂

  21. #
    Blond Duck — February 14, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Those deserve a hug!

  22. #
    Heavenly Housewife — February 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    These are just adorable, what a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat. Hope you get lots of hugs today… and kisses.
    *kisses* HH

  23. #
    Faith — February 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    These are so cute and look delicious! Great pics with your new light box!

  24. #
    huntfortheverybest — February 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    they look yummy! good idea.

  25. #
    Cakelaw — February 15, 2011 at 4:16 am

    What is a raspberry hug? These cookies look pretty.

  26. #
    facebook — February 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    i love it

  27. #
    Christy — February 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Awww, looks so yummy!

  28. #
    hungryhealthyhilary — February 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    So cute…and these look delicious….I imagine it would be fun (and yummy) to play and experiment with different flavours of hugs/kisses.


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